Judge David Johnson rides a Zord named Kevin. They're best friends.
The story so far: Two alien a-hole brothers, Flurious and Moltor, have dispatched their legions of flunkies and monsters to scour the planet for the lost jewels of the Corona Aurora, a magical crown that grants its owner near limitless power. To stop their evil plans, billionaire Andrew Hartford (Rod Lousich) recruits five hot-shot kids (including his son, Mack) and makes them the new Power Ranger force. Arming them with guns and swords and shovel hands and Tonka trucks he sends them out against the forces of Flurious and Moltor in a race to retrieve the jewels and save the universe.
Along the way there are lots of important life lessons to learn, but more importantly, there are huge explosions to trigger with incalculable collateral damage and human suffering.
Volume Two launches with six episodes, picking up where Volume 1 left off:
• "At All Costs"
Valuable Life Lesson Learned: Competition is fine and all, but if you get carried away your friends will rather have their teeth pulled than spend time with you.
• "Both Sides Now"
Valuable Life Lesson Learned: Don't be quick to judge your traitorous jackass of a former teammate before getting all your information straight.
• "Follow the Ranger"
Valuable Life Lesson Learned: Communication is the most important part of a relationship.
• "Lights, Camera, DAX"
Valuable Life Lesson Learned: Are the women, money and adoration worth trading for form-fitting spandex and constantly somersaulting in front of big-ass explosions?
• "Face to Face, Parts 1 and 2"
Valuable Life Lesson Learned: Don't judge a book by its cover! And by "book" we mean "a bad guy that serves the forces of evil" and by "cover" we mean "gross, synthetic Toys 'R Us exoskeleton."
Bottom line: More of the same Power Rangers mayhem anyone familiar with the series has come to expect. The play-by-play remains the same just with new folks filling out the spandex. Personally, I'd rather subject my kids to Sesame Street or even—gasp!—Dora the f—--—Explorer than having them soak up all the faux martial artistry and sword-swinging this series has traditionally offered its audiences. But hey, whatever, at least there are some moral lessons to take away, not the least of which is run away from grown men in Halloween costumes holding hammers.
The disc: full frame, 2.0 stereo, average presentations both, supplemented by previews, a featurette on the Rangers arsenal (a.k.a. Holiday Buying Guide for Pushover Parents!) and the return of the irksome multiple choice game.
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